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Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan Poetry Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2003
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819566284  
EAN  9780819566287  

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In Rachel Zucker's re-imagining of the Greek myth, Persephone is a daughter struggling to become a woman. Unlike the classical portrait of a maiden kidnapped by a tyrant, Zucker's Persephone chooses to travel to the Underworld and assume her role as Hades' queen. Caught between worlds--light and dark, innocence and power, a mother's protection and a lover's appeal--Persephone describes the strangeness of the Underworld and the problems of transformation and transgression. The arrangement of Zucker's poems reflects Persephone's travels between the Underworld and the Surface. Both spare and lyrical, they are written as entries in Persephone's diary and as letters between Persephone, Demeter, and Hades. The language--strange, urgent, direct--is pulled and changed as Persephone journeys from one world to another revealing the struggle of unmaking and remaking the self.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rachel Zucker is the author of three collections of poetry and co-editor of Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Zucker has taught at several institutions, including NYU and Yale. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and three sons, and is a certified labor doula.

Rachel Zucker currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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The mythpunk revolution continues, strong as ever.  Apr 21, 2006
Rachel Zucker, Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan, 2003)

This small but powerful volume is really one long poem, meditating on the Persephone/Demeter/Hades story, told in fragments of diary entries, notes, and letters between the three principals.

"Am I the only one to notice the soft layer of haze above the snow?

Yo say you see butterflies in the skeleton pelvis, well,
what about the larger hand of the clock?
Or a cauldron for boiling water?"
(--"Letter: Demeter to Persephone")

Concise, image-laden, with a fine sense of observation and wisdom, Eating in the Underworld satisfies on every level save one; you wish it were longer. ****
Persephone  Apr 17, 2003
These poems were a wonderful example of combining an old myth with the society and culture of modern times.
The poet explores several aspects of the life of Persephone beyond what the mythology tells us. She uses the mythology as an inspired lead-in to what she has to say about the world; about a woman. Very thought provoking!
Many of the poems appear to be simple blocked out references, and then one comes to find that each phrase can hold so much meaning. I can get a different interpretation every time I read the poems in this book.

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